Masala Chai Tea (with Cinnamon Stick)

Recipe from The Kitchn

Makes one 8 ounce serving


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2-4 whole green cardamom pods, smashed
  • 1-2 thin slices fresh ginger
  • 1 2-3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece star anise
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons loose black tea leaves
  • Sweetener, to taste (I prefer honey or maple syrup)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon stick and star anise.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes until the mixture is fragrant.
  3. Add the milk and tea leaves, and simmer for another minute then turn off the heat and let steep for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour into a cup through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the leaves and spices. Add sweetener, to taste.